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March 8, 2021
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Gas connection between Romania and Bulgaria expected to be ready by year end

The cooperation between Romania and Bulgaria – the least developed members of the European Union – has stepped up in the last few years. The fact that the authorities of the two countries are working together has enabled the identification and development of large-scale cross-border projects, such as the New Europe bridge over the Danube at Calafat (the second connecting the two states) and many others that improve the smooth cooperation of local communities.
However, projects in the energy sector seem the most important ones with a view to spending EU funds and to bilateral economic cooperation. One such project is the gas network interconnection pipeline between Romania and Bulgaria, between the cities of Giurgiu and Ruse, which is expected to be ready by the end of the year, according to a statement made by the Manager of Bulgarian company Bulgartransgaz, Kiril Temelkov, on Tuesday.
The work on developing the pipeline started back in 2012. The project was initially supposed to be completed in 2013, but emerging technical difficulties have pushed the inauguration onwards twice: first until January 2014 and the second time until the end of this year because of technical dip
The Giurgiu-Ruse pipeline will have a total length of approximately 25 Km, 15.4 Km in Bulgaria, 5.2 Km in the Romanian territory and 4.14 Km underneath the Danube. Two stations will be also built for the measurement of the technical parameters of the gas.
The Giurgiu-Ruse gas pipeline will have a maximum transport capacity of 1.5 bn cubic metres of gas per annum from Bulgaria to Romania and a capacity of 500 m CM PER ANNUM FROM Romania into Bulgaria.
The total anticipated value of the project is EUR 24 M, 8.9 M provided by the European Commission. The financing contributed by the Bulgarian company Bulgartransgaz is EUR 14 M and the part covered by Romanian company Transgaz is EUR 10 M.

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